School recruitment committees may begin to reach out to candidates in the FAR as soon as the first distribution is made available to them on August 18. Though the 2021 Faculty Recruitment Conference has been canceled, if you submit your FAR profile and payment in time for the first distribution, you will be invited to attend a series of virtual events designed to help you brush up on your interviewing skills and deliver your best throughout the hiring season.

On Tuesday, August 17, join us for a virtual version of the annual Candidates Workshop. You will have an opportunity to discuss interview questions and solicit advice in small groups from experienced faculty members. The virtual workshop will be hosted by Sean M. Scott, President and Dean, California Western School of Law and Darby Dickerson, AALS Immediate Past President and President and Dean, Southwestern Law School.

The link to register for the Candidates Workshop will be emailed to you after August 10.

Virtual Candidates Workshop

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 4 – 5:15 pm Eastern 

4:00 pm ET 

Welcome
AALS Executive Director Judith Areen 

Introduction and Overview
Sean M. Scott, President and Dean, California Western School of Law 

Welcome
Darby Dickerson, AALS Immediate Past President, and President and Dean, Southwestern Law School 

4:15 pm ET 

Question and Answer – Small Groups
Candidates will discuss their interview questions with experienced faculty members in Zoom breakout rooms. 

Breakout Facilitators:
Mark Alexander, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law 
Susan Carle, American University, Washington College of Law 
Darby Dickerson, Southwestern Law School 
Wendy-Adele Humphrey, Texas Tech University School of Law 
Christina Koningisor, University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law
Veryl Miles, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law 
Sean Scott, California Western School of Law  

4:45 pm ET 

Question and Answer – Audience-wide Session
We will open the discussion to the entire audience and solicit broad advice from experienced faculty members present. 

5:00 pm ET 

Final Words from Experienced Faculty Members 

Closing
Sean M. Scott, President and Dean, California Western School of Law 

Faculty Experts

Mark C. Alexander, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Susan D. Carle, American University, Washington College of Law

Darby Dickerson, Southwestern Law School

Wendy-Adele Humphrey, Texas Tech University School of Law

Christina Koningisor, University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law

Veryl Victoria Miles, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

Sean M. Scott, California Western School of Law

AALS Section Webinars

Several AALS Sections will also host Q&A webinars on August 11 and 12 to offer candidates guidance and an open forum for discussion. Each will have a separate registration, to be shared at the beginning of August.   

Wednesday, August 11 

Legal Writing, Reasoning, and Research | 2 – 3pm  

Minority Groups | 4 – 5pm 

Thursday, August 12 

Women in Legal Education | 2 – 3pm 

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Speakers

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Mark Alexander, Dean and Professor of Law, Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Mark Alexander is the Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. As the School’s chief administrator and chairperson of the faculty, Alexander is responsible for all facets of the Law School, including its long-term strategic and academic planning, curricular initiatives, and faculty research and support. 

Alexander serves on the Executive Committee of the American Association of Law Schools, a nonprofit whose members enroll most of the nation’s law students. Alexander previously served as Associate Dean for Academics at Seton Hall University’s School of Law, where he was a member of the faculty for twenty years. 

Alexander’s areas of expertise include constitutional law, criminal procedure, election law, criminal law and the First Amendment. His research interests focus on the constitutional dimensions of election law and campaign reform.  

Regularly interviewed by national media, Alexander is a sought-after speaker and panelist for national and international law symposiums and academic forums. He possesses significant international experience, having spent a year in Spain teaching American law and politics on a Fulbright Scholarship. Alexander served on the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board from 2010 to 2014, having been appointed by President Barack Obama. 

In addition to his leadership in academia, Alexander has also served as an adviser and issues director for several high-profile political campaigns. He previously clerked for Chief Judge Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and was a litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco. Alexander earned a B.A. and a J.D. from Yale University. 

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Darby Dickerson, AALS President and Dean, Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School

Darby Dickerson is the President and Dean, and a Professor of Law, at Southwestern Law School. She formerly served as Dean at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law, The John Marshall Law School, Texas Tech University School of Law, and Stetson University College of Law.  

 A nationally known leader in legal education, Dickerson is the Immediate Past President of the AALS. She is an elected member of the American Law Institute, a Past President and current Board Member of Scribes—The American Society of Legal Writers, and a former Director of the Association of Legal Writing Directors (ALWD). 

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Wendy-Adele Humphrey, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director of Assessment, and Brock Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law

Wendy-Adele Humphrey is the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Director of Assessment, and the Brock Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law. Her scholarship focusing on reproductive justice issues has been published in journals such as the Cardozo Law Review and the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law. Among her leadership roles, she is the Chair-Elect of the AALS Section on Associate Deans for Academic Affairs and Research. She has received many prestigious, campus-wide awards at Texas Tech including the 2019-20 Faculty Leadership Award, 2018-19 President’s Excellence in Diversity & Equity Award, and the 2017-18 Chancellor’s Council Distinguished Teaching Award—which is the highest teaching honor in the Texas Tech system. 

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Christina Koningisor, Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law

Christina Koningisor is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Utah, S. J. Quinney College of Law. Her scholarship focuses on media law and the law of information access and government transparency. Her articles have appeared or are forthcoming in the Yale Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review, and the Minnesota Law Review. She has previously served as a lawyer for the New York Times and as a law clerk on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and Brown University.

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Veryl Miles, Professor of Law, The Catholic University of America

Professor Veryl Victoria Miles has been a member of the law faculty at The Catholic University of America (CUA) since 1988.  She was appointed dean of CUA’s law school in 2005 and served in that position until 2012.  Professor Miles also served as deputy director of the Association of American Law Schools from 2001-2003.  Her teaching and scholarship interests include consumer bankruptcy and commercial law; she has also applied concepts of social justice and Catholic social teachings in her scholarly considerations of law and law practice. In addition, Professor Miles has published on topics regarding legal education and bar admissions. 

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Sean Scott, Dean and President, California Western School of Law

Sean Scott joined the California Western School of Law as dean and president in 2020.  She was previously senior associate dean and associate dean for faculty at Loyola Marymount Law, where she expanded legal education through a variety of innovative programs including a Master of Science in Legal Studies, the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Law program, and the Fashion Law Project.     

 

Her innovative approach extended to the classroom as well, resulting in numerous honors, including the Student Bar Association’s prestigious Excellence in Teaching Award and the Black Law Students Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award.     

 

Scott currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the California Women’s Law Center.  Before joining academia, Scott was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP. She earned her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts from Smith College.